There’s a new event on the UK’s book fair calendar. The PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) has added the Kensington Christmas Book Fair to its extensive list of fairs.
The Kensington Christmas Book Fair takes places on 6 December at Kensington Town Hall in the heart of London, and AbeBooks.co.uk is a sponsor.
The PBFA operates a busy schedule of regional book fairs across the UK but this new Christmas Fair is set to become a major attraction for bibliophiles thanks to its sheer size. More than 90 booksellers have committed to exhibiting books at the fair and they are a mixture of sellers, including Peter Harrington, Jonkers Rare Books and Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers from London, Oxford’s Temple Rare Books, Hampshire’s Holybourne Rare Books, Salsus Books from Kidderminster, and Norfolk’s Peakirk Books.
A couple of booksellers from Germany and Israel will also be exhibiting.
“When a large group of leading booksellers descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation,” said Deborah Davis. “All manner of interesting, beautiful, rare, collectable and quirky books and ephemera will be offered for sale, at prices to suit every enthusiast. We hope collectors old and new will join the PBFA for this Christmas treat.”
- Times: 10.30am to 4.30pm
- Admission: £2 or free in advance if you use this complimentary ticket.
- Address – Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
- Parking – A public car park is immediately below the Town Hall.
- Tube: High Street Kensington
Visit the PBFA website for more details.
Booksellers, who are members of the PBFA, can still reserve booths at the event by contacting fair managers Tony Mulholland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deborah Davis (email@example.com).
The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association has been organising book fairs across the UK since the 1970s. The association has been instrumental in ensuring the general public has access to rare books via a regular calendar of events in numerous locations.
Booksellers exhibiting at the Christmas Fair include:
Alex Alec Smith Books from Hull
Antiquates from Corfe Castle, Dorset
BAS Ltd from London
Bath and West Books from Bath
Black Cat Bookshop from Leicester
Bond Books from Dorset
Claremont Books from London
David Miles from Canterbury
Ellwood Books from Hampshire
Finecopy from Westbury, Wiltshire
Gerald Baker from Bristol
Graham York Rare Books from Honiton, Devon
Hans Lindner Antiquariat from Mainburg, Germany
Holybourne Rare Books from Alton, Hampshire
Hyraxia from Leeds
J & SL Bonham from London
Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers from London
John Atkinson Books from Durham
Jonkers Rare Books from Henley on Thames
London Rare Books
Lucius Books from York
M Pollak Antiquariat from Tel-Aviv, Israel
Michael S Kemp Bookseller from Minster on Sea, Kent
Missing Books from Great Leighs, Essex
Neil Ewart of Newcastle upon Tyne
Neil Summersgill from Blackburn
Paul Foster from London
Peakirk Books from Fakenham, Norfolk
Peter Harrington from London
Richard Thornton from Blackburn
Robert Frew from London
Robert Kirkman from Leighton Buzzard
Salsus Books from Kidderminster
Sevin Seydi Rare Books from London
Stephen Foster from London
Steve Liddle from Bristol
Steven Ferdinando from Yeovil
Surprise Books from Stroud
Temple Rare Books from Oxford
Toby English from Wallingford
Ventnor Rare Books from Isle of Wight
Walden Books from London
West Hull Rare Books from Hull
White Eagle Rare Books from London
Worlds End Bookshop from London
Zimnol Books from London